Friday, October 30, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Get the picture?
What I have learned is that at that moment I am suffering from acute monkey mind. A mind so freewheelingly scattered it jumps from subject to subject. This feeling is so intensely fierce it controls my ability to focus or concentrate on my writing.
When my monkey mind is active, there is so much chaos happening inside my head that I can’t focus. Some folks may not like the term monkey mind or feel that is what they have. Another term for monkey mind is one that you probably already know, and that term is “the overactive mind.”
What I have learned to be the real reason behind an overactive mind/monkey mind is that it is being caused by stress. Yes, stress. A word we so often hear in today’s world but don’t think affects us, is the real reason for our overactive mind. However, there is hope. Because there are many great things to do to help with your lack of focus and believe it or not many of them start with the letter “M”.
Here are a few things you can do to calm an overactive mind.
1. Minimize multitasking. Start making a list of things you need to do and then prioritize that list. Be determine to first, “focus on and finish an item, before moving on to the next.”
2. Music – you can play music to calm your monkey mind. Perhaps you didn’t know that you can use music to harness energy to help with performance goals and to soothe the nervous system.
3. Massage – getting a massage at your local massage parlor, could be just what the doctor ordered. Healing touch has long been known as a great way to soothe the nervous system. Remember when anxiety resides in your body it can trigger your monkey mind.
4. Mirth- seek out something funny. Listening to something funny can also calm the monkey mind. Get in touch with comedy videos, you can find them on demand on your cable broadcast, or on YouTube or your XM radio stations.
5. Meditation — you may find getting started doing meditation to be challenging at first, slowing down your breathing and quieting the mind is one of the best ways to train the brain to be still and get calm.
6. Meaning – finding meaning in the daily challenges we face, can go a long way in developing the ability to calm the mind.
7. Movement – Do you like to dance? I know I do. Movement of the body can aid in releasing endorphins in the brain. Yes, it has been found by scientist that movement of the body through dance, exercise, and any physical activity can help relax the muscles and relieve tension.
There you have simple great steps to incorporate in your daily habits to have your calm your overactive monkey mind.
Remember you are a valuable member of society and you deserve to calm your monkey mind.
In today’s world we are stressed more than ever with our on-going fight with the Pandemic known as COVID-19 and with this year’s 2020 Election.
Stress causes your body to produce cortisol. Chronic high levels of this stress hormone can torpedo your immune system. And if stress hangs around long enough it can boost our risk for infection and slow the healing process in the body. So, what are we to do?
Well, first up we can lower our cortisol levels several ways. Using positive visualization along with deep relaxation and exercise.
First up. To lower cortisol levels start by exercising at least twenty minutes or more once a day or twice a day if you can handle more exercise time. Walking twenty minutes a day can go a long way to relax you and give you the exercise you need. Can’t go for a walk outside because of weather? Watch You-Tube 20-minute walking video on your cellphone or smart TV and follow alone. The walks are listed for levels ranging from beginners and to advance speed walking. Take you pick, but do so, after you consult with your family doctor.
Don’t like to walk? Well meditation might be your thing. Sit comfortably or lie down and close your eyes and mediate by focusing on relaxing your body from head to toe. You do this by focusing on any muscle in your body that is tense and commanding them to relax.
Even speeding twenty minutes visualizing positive thoughts can help you reduce your stress. Because during periods of deep relaxation our minds our highly suggestible and we can use this time to provide ourselves with highly desirable life outcomes. Did you know that research has shown that patients who visualize fast healing, healed faster after surgery? How do you do this?
Well it has been said that spending time each day seeing your body healed or seeing the desired result you like to have, will bring it into being. Taking as little as five minutes a day several times a day seeing what you want to happen, will make it happen.
This leads us to the Secret to reaching deep relaxation throughout your day. It has been said that if you focus on a positive time when you strongly felt love for a loved one and you received love in return… Well if you hold that “good positive memory” and treat it as a reality and you master this throughout your day you will be able to have deep healing relaxation all day. To make my point, I’ll leave you with this. Do you recall the “Harry Potter movie,” the one where Harry sees his mother and father in the mirror, and he goes to that mirror every day? Why because the mirror gives him a “deep state of happiness,” then if you did, you get the picture of why mastering your daily thought process can bring you a deep healing relaxation all day. Good luck to you on mastering your daily thoughts.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
From the time of the great Cleopatra, and through out ancient Greece the fig has been considered the symbol of love. Yet this sweet fruit has a complicated relationship with being known as an aphrodisiac.
Figs look sexy. Just cut one in half and take a look. It is even believed that the inside of a fig resembles the female sex organ. The many seeds in a fig represent fertility and their leaves are associated with modesty. (Think Adam and Eve, we’ll come back to that one later.)
In ancient Greece the Dionysian orgies used the fig as their offerings to Priapus, the phallic god of love (physical-sexual-love).
Ancient Chinese wedding feast had figs on their menu.
Fig leaves were said to be the leaves worn by Adam and Eve, just think about it, figs have historically been associated with sex and sin.
There you have it a short brief history of the fig as an aphrodisiac. Next time you have a chance try a nice ripe fig cut in half and drizzled with a touch of honey, and taste and discover a sensational aphrodisiac sensation. Get it? “Sin-sation.”
Just as honey was known in many cultures as an aphrodisiac. So too was the apple. The apple was the fruit Eve used to temp Adam, in the Garden of Eden.
Apples, like wine and chocolate, contain polyphenols and antioxidants that can stimulate blood flow to the genitalia, helping with arousal.
During the middle ages Europeans used the apple in “love magic” rituals. And it was said that if a woman slept with an apple under her arm or some other private part of her body, and then when she awaken, and she presented the apple to a man to eat, she would become the apple of his eye.
It has also been said that foods that resemble male or female genitalia were believed to increase desire which brings us to the old ancient folk saying that said if you cut an apple from the top to the bottom you will have revealed to you the temptation which Eve offered to Adam. I have never tried this experiment but the old folk saying said that many an unsuspecting maidens, after doing this experiment, must have blushed after they completed the experiment and realized after doing so that they were looking at the shape of their own vulva. Picture that one for a moment.
Today modern researchers have done studies and found that eating one apple a day can improve the sex lives of women. The researches believe the reason for this may be due to the compound called “phloridzin” that is found in apples. This compound is similar to the female sex hormone estradiol. Estradiol plays a large role in sexual arousal.
Well there you have it. Eve knew the benefits of eating an apple, old European folk lore knew the benefit of eating apples and now even modern scientific research has shown, eating apples can benefit your sex life.
Next time you need a nature aphrodisiac? Grab an apple!